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    Fiery Toning

    Nero (AD 54-68). AV aureus (20mm, 7.33 gm, 7h).  Rome, AD 64-68. IMP NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS, laureate head of Nero right, lightly bearded / Salus seated left on throne, holding patera in right hand and resting left at her side; in exergue, SALVS. RIC 66. BMCRE 94. Cohen 317. Calicó 445. A fine, bloated portrait, boldly struck and perfectly centered. Deep, fiery reddish toning in fields characteristic of the Boscoreale Hoard of 1895. NGC (photo-certificate) XF 5/5 - 3/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection.

    Nero's public standing plummeted in AD 64, when a great fire swept Rome and he exploited the disaster to build an opulent palace, the Golden House. An attempt to deflect blame for the fire onto the Christians led to the first great persecution, but failed to improve his flagging popularity. Conspiracies began to flourish, which Nero attempted to quash with bloody proscriptions and random terror. But when the armies of Gaul and Spain rose in revolt in AD 68, Nero realized his days were numbered. He attempted to flee, but soon realized he had nowhere to seek refuge. Abandoned by all his supporters, declared a public enemy by the Senate, he finally screwed up enough courage to stab himself in the throat, ending his own life at the age of 31 and bringing the Julio-Claudian dynasty to an end.

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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